Valcan Cellars 2017 “El Torero” Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $32

By on November 9, 2021

Famed Argentine footballer Juan Román Riquelme — aka “El Torero” — is the namesake for Juan Pablo Valot’s work with Tempranillo from Belmont Vineyard in Southern Oregon. This is inky, savory and spicy from the kickoff as black olive, pie cherry, black pepper and blackcurrant candy aromas pick up flavors of dried purple fruit and green peppercorns. The muscular yet fruity structure features ample acidity to wash over those tannins, making it a good fit for the cellar and a match for pork ribs and well-marbled steak.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 106 cases

Alcohol 14%

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